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Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
Greenpeace proves every day that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things.
Itwas a group of thoughtful, committed citizens that came together in1971 to create Greenpeace. A handful of determined activists leased asmall fishing vessel, called the Phyllis Cormack, and set sail fromVancouver for Amchitka Island in Alaska. Their mission was to protestU.S. nuclear testing off the coast of Alaska with a brave act ofdefiance: to place themselves in harm's way. Despite being interceptedby the U.S. Coast Guard, these daring activists sailed into history bybringing worldwide attention to the dangers of nuclear testing.
That was more than 30 years ago, and in that time, Greenpeace hasindeed changed the world, and we continue to make the world a betterplace. Our committed activists and supporters have cometogether to ban commercial whaling, convince the world's leaders tostop nuclear testing, protect Antarctica, and so much more. Today, wehave grown from a small group of dedicated activists to aninternational organization with offices in more than 30 countries. Butour spirit and our mission remain the same. Our fight to save theplanet has grown more serious - the threat of global warming,destruction of ancient forests, deterioration of our oceans, and thethreat of a nuclear disaster loom large. Greenpeace is actively workingto address these and other threats.
Greenpeace Creating Change on Global Warming
People across the country are making small changes in their lives and doing their part to stop global warming--changing their light bulbs,carpooling, and buying more efficient appliances. City and state governments are taking action, too, by investing in renewable energyand cracking down on the worst polluters. But while we act, Congress isdoing next to nothing to solve global warming.